Detail View: The AMICA Library: Pendant

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1994.20
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Textiles
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: 
China
Creator Name-CRT: 
China, 14th century
Title: 
Pendant
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
14th century
Creation Start Date: 
1300
Creation End Date: 
1399
Materials and Techniques: 
needleloop embroidery and knotting; silk, silvered paper, gilded paper and gold thread
Classification Term: 
Embroidery
Dimensions: 
Overall: 84.5cm x 21.7cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1994.20
Credit Line: 
Edward L. Whittemore Fund
Rights: 
Context: 
PendantNeedleloop embroidery and knotting; silk, silvered paper, gilded paper, andgold threadChina, 1300s, Yuan to early Ming Dynasty (1279-1424)The Cleveland Museum of Art, Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1994.20(Cat. no. 57)Pendants were used extensively inBuddhist settings where they wereattached to almost anything needing decoration: ritual objects, canopies,valances, pillars and other architectural components. They could be made ina variety of ways. This example consists of a heading and six tiers, eachembroidered separately and then attached, one to the next. The earliestknown pendant of this type was found in Central Asia and dates from theTang dynasty (ad 618-907). The 14th-century date of this pendant isindicated by the style of the flowers.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1994.20.tif